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3/29/2019 12:17:00 AM
Reflect, Then Look Forward

Marty Reep, Author
Speaker, Forward-Thinker

As you close out last year and welcome in the new one, reflect and look forward.  Reflect on what you accomplished during the past year.  Think about the friends you lost or gained, opportunities you missed or maximized, and your perspectives that changed or improved.  

Some of the projects you started last year, you were able to finish.  However, you probably weren’t able to finish all of them before the year came to an end.  Those, you’ll need to carry over into this next year.  Maybe you didn’t finish them because not everything fell into place, or maybe it was because they are ongoing projects that you need to continue for a while.  Either way, you now have another chance to succeed.   

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On the other hand, maybe some of the things you started don’t need to continue.  If so, then use the change in calendars to make other changes you need to make in order to begin anew or start afresh.  The only way you’ll know that for sure, though, is to spend some time looking back over the most recent 365 days of your life.

While reflecting on the past year, also think about all the good things that you’ve been a part of: friendships, families, school, business, work, fun, and deep purposes.  If, for whatever reason, some of those good things were missing, then you’re in luck!  You can start today and take action to fill in those gaps.  Bit by bit throughout the year, you’ll be able to live fuller, achieve more, and be happier…if you consistently work at it.  Each day is a decision of how you are going to live, through your attitude and actions. 

Next, look forward.  Mentally look across the next twelve months as to what you want to accomplish.  For now, it’s a blank slate of sorts.  You have the opportunity to write on it whatever you so desire.  You have the power to make it an amazing and incredible time! 

In order to make that happen, you have to know what it is you want to have accomplished twelve months from now.  Think about your desired results.  Then, work backwards from there to program yourself for success.  Focus on those end goals every day, and every day you’ll make it happen; every day, you’ll get closer. 

As you decide what it is you want to focus on this year, choose to let it become a part of you.  Sure, some resolutions can last for a little while, but most get forgotten or dropped within the first couple of weeks after starting them.  But by allowing your desired goals and changes to become a part of who you are, you have a good chance at turning them from hopeful thoughts into permanent characteristics. 

Think bigger than temporary resolutions.  Think of long-term changes and goals that you want to become patterns, foundations, and successes in your life.  As those things grow in healthy ways, they will help you become a better person.  They’ll become intermeshed with who you are and what you’re about.  Then, they will help define who you are, because you define how you will accomplish them. 

Reflect for a little while, and then look forward with actionable excitement!  Make this year your best year, yet! 

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